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Commissioner Jose District 12 e-Newsletter

Dear residents,

I would like to invite everyone to participate in the “Support Our Police” Ride and Rally taking place on Sunday, February 8. This event is to show our unwavering support for all law enforcement and is in partnership with the Dade County Police Benevolent Association.

The event will kick-off with a bike run from the parking lot of the Dade County Police Benevolent Association (PBA), starting with registration at 11 a.m. and proceed to Tropical Park, where a ceremony/rally will take place to honor our fallen police. Proceeds from the bike run will benefit the PBA Love Fund. Non-riders are encouraged to be at Tropical Park at 1 p.m.

To register for the bike run or for more information, please visit www.dcpba.org/ 


Commissioner Jose 'Pepe' Diaz                           
District 12

January 2015
Commissioner Diaz participates in Three Kings Parade

On January 11, Commissioner Diaz attended the annual “Three Kings Parade”. The commissioner greeted the crowd and proudly rode alongside the men and women of the military. The parade is a South Florida tradition, where hundreds of thousands of residents come and are able to see their favorite politicians, radio hosts and television personalities. The parade is in their 45th year and took place along SW 8th street between 4th and 17th Avenue in Little Havana. The event is sponsored by Univision Radio.

Congrats to MDFR Class#125

On January 9, Commissioner Diaz was on honored to attend the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue (MDFR) graduation of its newest firefighter recruit class at MDFR’s Training Facility. The ceremony focused on the hard work and dedication of Class 125 during the intense 10 week training. The new firefighters, 17 men and one woman, bring extensive experience to MDFR since more than half of the new recruits have served with other career fire departments. Commissioner Diaz congratulated all new firefighters, especially Class Leader Jose E. Gonzalez, a veteran, who served nine years in the United States Air Force as a firefighter. He was also a member of Operation Enduring Freedom and served in Afghanistan in 2009 and 2012.

Commissioner Diaz attends Leave No Veteran Behind Job Fair event at MIA

Commissioner Diaz joined Miami-Dade Aviation Department Emilio T. Gonzalez to welcome over 200 veterans to the “Leave No Veteran Behind” Employment Fair and Expo on January 20 at Miami International Airport, where over 70 companies were on hand, ready to hire our veterans. The event was sponsored by Miami International Airport, The Veterans Enterprise VETS Group, Airport Minority Advisory Council, American Association of Airport Executive, Paradies and Avis Budget Group. Commissioner Diaz serves as the Chairman of the Miami-Dade Military Affairs Board and both Commissioner Diaz and Director Gonzalez served in the military.

Commissioner Diaz cheers Miami Marathon runners

Commissioner Diaz has made it a tradition to be on hand to cheer the runners participating in the annual Miami Marathon and Half Marathon. On January 25, he welcomed over 25,000 runners in front of the American Airlines Arena. More than 80 Countries were represented in this year’s race. For more information on the Miami Marathon visit www.themiamimarathon.com

Commissioner Diaz attends the Dan Marino Foundation Walkabout Autism

Commissioner Diaz, a strong advocate for Autism awareness attended the annual Dan Marino Foundation WalkAbout Autism event on January 24 at Sun Life Stadium. Commissioner Diaz joined thousands of people to raise awareness and funds for the Dan Marino Foundation. The Dan Marino Foundation WalkAbout Autism event guarantees that every dollar raised stays in South Florida and benefits our local autism community. Commissioner Diaz also presented Dan Marino with the Key to the County for his dedication to the community. For more information, please visit their website at www.danmarinofoundation.org

Miami-Dade parks hosting free "python patrol" training workshop

'Python Patrol' is a training program provided by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), is grooming a task force of wildlife workers and volunteers to help fight South Florida’s invasion of Burmese pythons, which presents a threat to native wildlife. The Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department has teamed up with FWC to invite residents to take part in this important community initiative by participating in free “Python Patrol Training Workshop” that will be offered  on Sunday, February 22  at Bill Sadowki Park (Miami EcoAdventures Center), 17555 SW 79 Avenue in Palmetto Bay from 10am to 12 pm. The workshop participants will learn how to identify, report and safely capture Burmese pythons. Long pants and closed-toe shoes are required for the workshop. Participants must register online at www.MyFWC.com/Python or visit

Free February features exhibit evening at Deering Estate at Cutler

The February Features Exhibit Evening will be held on Wednesday, February 18, 2015, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Deering Estate at Cutler. The exhibit evening is free and open to the public. Light refreshments and a cash bar will be available. The exhibit will be on display daily, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., from February 7 – March 20, 2015, and is free with Estate admission. For more information on the free event, please visit www.deeringestate.org.

SR 836/Dolphin Expressway closures

On November 30, 2009, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District Six in partnership with the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority (MDX) began a reconstruction project of the State Road (S.R.) 826 (Palmetto Expressway) and S.R. 836 (Dolphin Expressway) Interchange. Now that construction has begun, there will be many upcoming lane and ramp closures on the Dolphin Expressway. For more information about construction-related activities, please contact Oscar Gonzalez at 786-280-0983 or via e-mail at [email protected]. General information can be found at http://www.826-836.com/. Motorists are encouraged to call 511 before they drive, or log on to http://www.fl511.com/ for real-time traffic and lane closure information.

Looking for a job? Need to update your resume?

To help Miami-Dade County residents, the Miami-Dade Public Library System is offering a wide assortment of vital information and valuable assistance for job seekers!  From computer classes and access to the Internet, to help with resume writing, job interviewing skills and test preparation, the Library wants to help patrons prepare for and search for jobs. Free classes are held throughout all 47 branch locations and are available in both English and Spanish.  The Library’s website, www.mdpls.org, has created a “Job Search” section for individuals to access from any location 24/7. For more information, contact 305-375-BOOK (2665) or visit www.mdpls.org

Need assistance paying your utility bills?

The Miami-Dade Community Action Agency’s (CAA) Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is currently assisting eligible residents with payment of their gas or electric bills.  The program assists individuals who are experiencing an increase in their energy bill due to the weather as well as individuals with final notices or those who have had their services disconnected.  Applications for LIHEAP are available Monday through Friday at CAA Service Centers like the Hialeah Service Center, 300 E. First Avenue, or the Sweetwater Service Center, 250 SW 114 Avenue. For a complete list of all the CAA Service Centers or to download the application, please visit the County’s website at www.miamidade.gov/caa/liheap.asp  or contact the Miami-Dade Community Action Agency at 786-469-4600.

Upcoming events

February 8, 2015- “Support Our Troops” rally at Tropical Park, 7900 SW 40th Street. For more information, visit www.dcpba.org/ 

 March 22, 2015 – The 14th Anniversary Tribute to the Military 5K Run/Walk, 7900 SW 40th Street. For more information, visit www.tributetothemilitary.org 

Contact Us

Downtown Office
Stephen P. Clark Center
111 NW 1st Street, Suite 220
Miami, Florida 33128
(305) 375-4343


District Office
8345 NW 12th Street
Miami, FL 33126
(305) 599-1200

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